Five honored by Touchdown Club


Players selected for All-County, Academic All-County Teams

By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo Coach Charlie Jenkins stands with the Whitmire Wolverines football players who were selected for the 2015 Newberry Touchdown Club All-County and Academic All-County Teams.


WHITMIRE — Five Whitmire High School football players were recognized as part of the 2015 Newberry Touchdown Club All-County and Academic All-County Teams.

The five Whitmire football players — all seniors — who were recognized for their efforts this season included Alex Ellison, West Jenkins, Austin Jenkins, Brad Burleson and Darian Gilliam.

Alex Ellison (No. 7) is a senior defensive end/fullback and a team captain. Ellison was nominated for Newberry Touchdown Club “Player of the Year” consideration by the Whitmire coaching staff, and he is a three-time All-Region and All-County selection. Coach Charlie Jenkins called Ellison “the engine of the offense” as he is the team’s second leading tackler, a running and receiving threat, and a devastating blocker from his fullback position. Ellison also served as the team’s punter and was a four-year starter for the Wolverines.

West Jenkins (No. 8) is a senior defensive back/wingback and a team captain, and he is a three-time All-Region and All-County selection. Coach Jenkins said West is a versatile performer — an outstanding safety on defense and a standout on offense as the Wolverines’ leading receiver and second leading rusher. West also served as a solid punt returner and steady holder on place kicks. He was also a four-year starter and is a BETA Club member, maintaining a 3.630 GPA.

Austin Jenkins (No. 9) is a senior linebacker/quarterback and a team captain. Coach Jenkins also called Austin a versatile performer for the Wolverines as QB and an aggressive tackler as a defensive player. Austin was also a four-year starter for the Wolverines.

Bradley Burleson (No. 32) is a senior defensive back and a three-year letterman. Burleson is a member of the All-Academic team, currently holding a 4.431 GPA.

Darian Gilliam (No. 78) is a senior offensive lineman. He is a member of the All-Academic team, currently holding a 4.325 GPA, and he is also WCS Student Body President.

Courtesy photo Coach Charlie Jenkins stands with the Whitmire Wolverines football players who were selected for the 2015 Newberry Touchdown Club All-County and Academic All-County Teams.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_TD-Club-2015.jpgCourtesy photo Coach Charlie Jenkins stands with the Whitmire Wolverines football players who were selected for the 2015 Newberry Touchdown Club All-County and Academic All-County Teams.
Players selected for All-County, Academic All-County Teams

By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

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